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Description - Third World Cities in Global Perspective by David A. Smith

In this innovative book, David Smith ultimately links what happens on the ground in the neighborhoods where people live to the larger political and economic forces at work, putting these connections in a historical framework and using a case study approach. The societies of the worlds underdeveloped countries are now undergoing an urban revolution that is drastically altering the fabric of their predominantly rural agrarian societies. Smith takes the emerging political economy perspective on urbanization, with its focus on global inequality and dependency, as the context for city growth in the Third World. This perspective allows Smith to critique the conventional ecological view of the city, not by rejecting traditional analyses out of hand, but by reformulating the crucial questions. The conventional ecological perspective assumes an equilibrium model, where very rapid city growth and the various types of urban imbalances are transitional phases on the path to modernity; in contrast, the comparative political economy approach conceptualizes uneven development and inequality as an inevitable result of the expansion of the capitalist world-system.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780813329987
ISBN-10: 0813329981
Format: Paperback
(235mm x 156mm x mm)
Pages: 224
Imprint: Westview Press Inc
Publish Date: 19-Jan-1996
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - David A. Smith

David A. Smith is professor of sociology at the University of California at Irvine.

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